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Homemade Sugar Cookie Latte Starbucks Copycat Recipe

The Starbucks Sugar Cookie Almond Milk Latte has taken the holiday season by storm, and it’s unlike anything you’ve ever tasted in a coffee drink. Picture a hint of nuttiness intertwined with just the right amount of sweetness, creating a truly heartwarming experience. While it’s traditionally crafted with almond milk, don’t hesitate to infuse it with your milk of choice for a personalized twist. Elevate your holiday spirit with this delicious latte!

Copycat Starbucks Hot Sugar Cookie Latte in a clear mug topped with whipped cream and red and green sprinkles.

My teenagers are obsessed with heading to the coffee shop and indulging in their favorite coffee drinks., but their wallets can’t always keep up with their obsession. So we’ve been experimenting with a homemade version for their favorites, and it has been so much fun! Our other favorite Starbucks Copycat Recipes include

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Available as part of their limited seasonal menu, the Sugar Cookie Almondmilk Latte includes sugar cookie-flavored syrup combined with Starbucks® Blonde espresso and steamed almondmilk, topped with red and green sprinkles.

Copycat Starbucks Iced Sugar Cookie Latte in a clear glass topped with whipped cream and red and green sprinkles.

Before we talk about how to make this Starbucks copycat drink at home, let’s talk about how to order it at Starbucks. As far as orders at Starbucks go, this is fairly simple and straightforward. 

1. Choose your size Short (8 fl oz), Tall (12 fl oz), Grande (16 fl oz), Venti (20 fl oz) 

2. Choose what kind of milk you want (regular milk or vegan options)

3. Determine if you want to add whipped cream or not (hint: you should!)

Easy Peasy.

INGREDIENTS

Almond milk, coffee, white sugar, brown sugar, Vanilla, Almond Extract, Butter Extract, Whipped Cream, Red and green sprinkles, the ingredients to make a Copycat Starbucks Iced Sugar Cookie Latte.

Espresso or Coffee

The Starbucks version comes with espresso, but since you’re making it at home, you get to decide what type of coffee to use. Shots of espresso, drip coffee or even cold brew coffee if you’re turning this into an iced drink.

Milk of choice

Order it from Starbucks, and it will be made with Almond milk. But make it at home, and you can use what you love. Select your favorite dairy milk or choose your favorite plant-based milk. In addition to Almond milk, you could try oat milk, soy milk or coconut milk.

Brown Sugar & Granulated Sugar

Yes, you need brown and white sugars. Just trust us on this one.

Butter Extract

This is crucial to the recipe and worth waiting until it arrives in the mail (if you can’t find it at your local grocery store). This is truly what turns this into a sugar cookie latte, so don’t go without it. (This is our favorite brand).

Almond Extract

Vanilla Extract

Reddi Whip

Festive Sprinkles

Red and green for Christmas, but you can turn this into a Hanukkah drink pretty quickly with blue sprinkles or a birthday drink with unicorn sprinkles.

See recipe card for exact quantities.

INSTRUCTIONS

Sugar Cookie Simple Syrup

First, we’re going to make our homemade sugar cookie syrup. This is a simple syrup that you can make in advance and use in all of your festive drinks throughout the season. A homemade syrup can sound intimidating, but trust me. It’s so easy, and making one batch will last you for a couple of weeks!

Step 1: In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, combine the water, brown sugar, granulated sugar, Butter Extract, Vanilla Extract, and Almond Extract.

Step 1: In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, combine the water, brown sugar, granulated sugar, Butter Extract, Vanilla Extract, and Almond Extract.

Step 2: Stir constantly and bring to a simmer.

Step 2: Stir constantly and bring to a simmer.

Step 3: When all sugar dissolves, remove from heat and pour into a mason jar (or another glass, airtight container)

Step 3: When all sugar dissolves, remove from heat and pour into a mason jar (or another glass, airtight container)

Step 4: You have now made a simple syrup. Store in an airtight container in the cabinet for up to two weeks.

Step 4: You have now made a simple syrup. Store in an airtight container in the cabinet for up to two weeks.

Making Your HOT Sugar Cookie Latte

Now that you’ve made your syrup, we’re going to make this Copycat Sugar Cookie Latte.

Step 1: Brew your espresso or coffee.

Step 1: Brew your espresso or coffee.

Step 2: Steam your milk. If you don't have a steamer, you can put it in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time or heat it on the stovetop.

Step 2: Steam your milk. If you don’t have a steamer, you can put it in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time, or heat it on the stove. Easy!

Step 3: Combine your coffee, milk and simple syrup and mix well.

Step 3: Combine your coffee, milk and simple syrup and mix well.

Step 4: Top with whipped cream and sprinkles. Yum!

Step 4: Top with whipped cream and sprinkles. Yum!

Hint: If you don’t have a milk steamer, you can heat your milk in a small saucepan over medium heat, or you can just zap it in the microwave for 60-90 seconds. Easy peasy. 

VARIATIONS

Copycat Starbucks Iced Sugar Cookie Latte in a clear glass topped with whipped cream and red and green sprinkles.

MAKE A SUGAR COOKIE ICED LATTE

Looking to turn this classic latte into an iced latte? No problem! Simply add ice to your glass, make sure the coffee or espresso is chilled (you can even use store-bought cold brew coffee) and use cold milk. And then you have your very own iced Sugar Cookie Latte

MAKE IT A DECAF

Because you’re making this at home, you can substitute the espresso for strong decaf coffee.

MAKE IT SWEETER OR LESS SWEET

Experiment with how much simple syurp you add to make this the best festive sugar cookie latte you’ve ever had.

STORAGE

Store your Sugar Cookie Simple Syrup in an airtight container in the cupboard for up to two weeks. We don’t recommend making the rest of this drink in advance. Make it fresh with every cup for maximum satisfaction!

FAQ

Is this drink caffeinated?

Yes, this drink contains espresso or coffee, so it does have caffeine. The caffeine content will vary based on the number of espresso shots used in the drink.

Can I use instant coffee instead of espresso?

Yes, you can use instant coffee if you don’t have access to an espresso machine. Just make sure to prepare a strong cup of coffee using instant coffee granules.

How do I steam milk at home without an espresso machine?

You can steam milk on the stovetop by heating it gently over medium heat and whisking it continuously to create froth. Alternatively, you can use a microwave-safe container and heat the milk in the microwave.

Can I customize the recipe with additional flavors?

Certainly! You can add a pink of peppermint extract for extra holiday flavor. Some people also enjoy adding a shot of vanilla syrup to enhance the vanilla notes. You could even garnish your drink with white chocolate chips in addition to the sprinkles.

What exactly does this drink taste like?

It honestly has a buttery sugar cookie flavor. It has the sweet buttery taste of a Christmas sugar cookie – especially spritz cookies (if you’ve ever had one). It’s sure to become a holiday favorite!

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Copycat Starbucks Hot Sugar Cookie Latte in a clear mug topped with whipped cream and red and green sprinkles.

The Starbucks Sugar Cookie Almond Milk Latte has taken the holiday season by storm, and it’s unlike anything you’ve ever tasted in a coffee drink. Picture a hint of nuttiness intertwined with just the right amount of sweetness, creating a truly heartwarming experience. While it’s traditionally crafted with almond milk, don’t hesitate to infuse it with your milk of choice for a personalized twist. Elevate your holiday spirit with this delicious latte – enjoyed hot or iced.

  • Total Time: 6 MIN
  • Yield: 1 1x

Ingredients

Units Scale

For the Sugar Cookie Simple Syrup

For the Latte

  • 3/4 cup Almond milk
  • 2 oz espresso or 1/4 cup coffee of your choice
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar cookie symple syrup
  • Whipped Cream (optional)
  • Sprinkles

Instructions

For the Sugar Cookie Simple Syrup

  1. In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, combine the water, brown sugar, granulated sugar, Butter Extract, Vanilla extract, and Almond Extract.
  2. Stir constantly and bring to a simmer.
  3. When all sugar dissolves, remove from heat and pour into a mason jar (or another glass, airtight container)

You have now made a simple syrup. Store in an airtight container in the cabinet for up to two weeks.

To make a Hot Latte

  1. Brew your espresso or coffee.
  2. Steam your milk. If you don’t have a steamer, you can put it in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time or heat in a saucepan over medium heat. Easy!
  3. Combine your coffee, milk and simple syrup in a mug and mix well.
  4. Top with whipped cream and sprinkles. Yum!

To make an Iced Latte

  1. Fill a glass with ice.
  2. Add cold milk and cold espresso or coffee (or even store-bought cold brew coffee).
  3. Add simple syrup and mix well.
  4. Top with whipped cream and sprinkles. Yum!
  • Author: Anna Luther
  • Prep Time: 5 MIN
  • Cook Time: 1 MIN

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